View Full Version : RIP Ernie Harwell

05-06-2010, 10:18 AM
Ernie Harwell, long time Detroit Tigers' sportscaster, died the other day. He had announced last year that he had terminal cancer. He was the announcer through both the 1968 and the 1984 championships.

Ernie loved not just the Tigers, but the city of Detroit. I met him once, in 1977 at the old Tiger Stadium, where he was signing autographs before the game. He was a really nice guy. His last project was his attempt to get funding to save the old stadium as a Michigan sports museum, or for Little League games and gospel concerts, but he couldn't get any funding because no one in Michigan has money for that kind of thing right now. The tore the stadium down last year.

He was laid in state at Comerica Park yesterday, for the fans to pay tribute to him.